Does Stretching Reduce Speed and Power Performance?

Interesting article on stretching v performance

the Endurance Runner

sprintingIn a sprint race, such as the 100m 200m or 400m, one hundredth of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing.  Optimizing performance, through an effective training program, has included  pre-activity stretching as a stalwart constituent of training  for many years.  In the past decade, the purpose and benefits of static stretching have been questioned, dissected and essentially repurposed due to large volume of evidence that propose pre-activity stretch-induced performance deficits. These findings have led to a paradigm shift on the justification  and mode of application of  static stretching prior to the performance of speed and power events.

An early study, published in 2001 in the Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology  investigated  factors underlying  force loss occurring after prolonged, static, passive stretching.  In this study, subjects were tested before and 5 to 10 minutes  following 20 minutes of static, passive stretching of the quadriceps while a…

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2 thoughts on “Does Stretching Reduce Speed and Power Performance?

  1. Thank you very much Guillaume for the follow. You have some excellent timely articles here. Looking forward to reading, learning and cheering you on with your own inspiring endeavours. 🙂

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